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company. >>> another big story we're following tonight. toyota's internal troubles revealed. an e-mail exposes concerns about the automaker's souring public image. a top official writing about the defective gas pedals tells another official the time to hide this one is over. >> reporter: the e-mail was obtained by the associated press tucked in with thousands of documents toyota has turned over to government investigators. it was a month before toyota's president was hauled before congress, five days before the japanese car company announced a massive recall because of defective gas pedals. on january 16 of this year, toyota's top public relations official in the u.s. wrote to a colleague, we need to come clean. seemingly concerned the company wasn't handling its troubling safety issues effectively, miller worried toyota's outstanding reputation for producing safe and reliable cars and trucks was in peril. we are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet, miller writes. on monday the obama administration fined toyota a record $16 millio
in the district in the 3600 block of alabama avenue southeast. the driver of a toyota vehicle you see there was killed after being struck by a speeding van. a child who was riding in that car is said to be in critical condition. witnesses said the van was traveling dangerously fast. the driver of the van was freed from the collision that sparked a small fire. there is no word on if any charges will be filed. >>> as a murder mystery of a d.c. principal deepens, the neighbors say the lack of details leave them worried. it likely happened after 11:30 wednesday night when friends last spoke to him and 7:00 a.m. thursday when he failed to show up for school. his home and a stolen suv are two key pieces of evidence. >> many times there is receipts or other papers left behind for -- by people who steal vehicles or who are in them for some period of time. we want to look at that information and see if it will direct us to who is responsible, who was in that car. >> we don't believe that this was a random act. while we can't fully rule out that it might be random, we believe that there was som
to the wire national championship game. >>> that is straight ahead. also, toyota is slapped with the largest fine issued against a car company by the federal government. we'll have more on that when fox 5 morning news comes back after the break.  >>> among the stories making headlines being toyota's latest troubles continue. the federal government has now imposed the maximum penalty on the carmaker. the$16million fine the biggest ever issuedgainst a car company. toyota has two week to appeal the fine. >>> in sports news, the newest redskins player don van mcnabb will be introduced to the d.c. media later today. the team acquired the quarterback from the philadelphia eagles. there is a news conference set for noon today and we'll carry that live. >>> duke blue devils, the champions of men's college basketball. the big gale last night. they held n to barely beat the butted her bulldogs 61-59. it was not easy. here is your final shot from mid court. butler uninch way from winning the national championship. >>> coming up next, president obama gets the nats season opener started wi
] >> mike: toyota has never gone to victory lane at phoenix since we started racing here in 1988. they weren't part of the series then but they are still looking for their first victory in the desert. >> larry: his teammate right now joey logano well inside the top ten. back in seventh position in the 20 car. joey started sixth and has been in the top ten most of the night. >> darrell: if it stays like this, jeff gordon, if he doesn't run out of laps looks like he is closing in on the 48 car a little bit for second place. >> mike: he was. he and jimmie right now are .2 quicker than kyle busch. not sure if it's because of traffic for the race leader. >> larry: he has a lot of traffic out in front of him with 15 laps to go. talk about kyle busch. >> darrell: you will see the 83 move up out of the way to give him room. they know is the leader and they know he is fast. >> larry: good thing is there is traffic there. they're spread out single file. nobody running side-by-side. >> darrell: most of the car he's catching like the 2, his brother, kurt busch, he won't give him trouble and ahead of him
consumer -- [ indiscernible ] the company decided to recognize antarctica as a country. >>> toyota is responding to critics tonight after a j todaying warning about one of its suvs. maureen is back with your fox 5 top five. >> reporter: up first, toyota's new move to try to reassure consume e. number five toyota is testing all of its suvs to make sure they're not susceptible to rolling over the. the move comes after consumer reports issued a don't buy rating concerned it could topple. the automaker is testing ought toyota and lex suggestion suvs. number four the economy may be rebounding but the housing market is still struggling. a record number of homes fell into foreclosure in the first quarter of this year. that is according to realty track. that is a 35% increase from last year. and they expect to see a million foreclosures this year. >>> number three, don't blame the video games if your teen doesn't get a good night's sleep. a new australian study found it took teens who play -- [ indiscernible ] -- only slightly longer to full a sleep. >>> number two, put johns hopkins unive
over your bags. >>> and plus, toyota's troubles are far from over tonight. the carmaker is forced to pay for the accelerator problem and issuing another major recall tonight. >>> five days since a earthquake claimed thousands of lives in china. an amazing story of survival. meet the victims pulled from the rubble alive. >> keep it right here. ♪ my subaru saved my life. i won't ever forget that. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >>> two top al-qaeda leaders have been killed the iraqi prime minister announced their deaths today. they were killed in a tikrit in a joint operation between american and iraqi forces. u.s. military officials say this is significant, a significant blow to the terrorist group. >>> remembering the victims of the oklahoma city bombing 15 years after the attack. an attack that shook the nation. 168 men, women and children were killed when timothy mcveigh set off a massive truck bomb in front of the alfred p. murrah federal building. we have more on the touching memorial. >> catherine elizabeth -- >> reporter: a lone bag piper leading the procession a
over the double yellow line and crashed into a toyota with several children ages two to 11 inside. the driver of the toyota was killed. witnesses say the van was going dangerously fast. >> flipped up in the air and knocked the street light down off the post. it flipped two times before it hit the ground. i mean this guy was booking. and i mean he hit this car so hard to throw the van up in the air like that, i know he was passing me at every bit of a hundred. >> one of the children is now said to be in critical condition. we don't know yet whether charges will be filed. >>> police have released a time line leading to the death of a d.c. middle school principal. investigators say it is likely brian betts was killed sometime after 11:30 wednesday night. the investigate centers around betts' home in silver spring. the vehicle was dumbed in southeast d.c. between noon and 3:00 p.m. try. witnesses saw two people get out of that vehicle and run away. >> i don't believe this was a random act. while we can't fully rule out that it might be random being we believe that there was some conne
. the cancellations are costing the aviation industry at least $200 million per day. >>> toyota is apparently going to pay up rather than fight. an official in the transportation department says toyota is expected to agree to pay a record $16.4 million over those detective gas pedals rather than go to court. toyota waited four months to tell federal officials about the problem. >>> the next time you need medical help, the answer might just be in the palm of your hand. a new iphone app may be just what the doctor ordered. it is auld i triage and gives users medical information in an instant. >> reporter: when a patient has a condition, dr. brian bob has years of medical training and prime and urgent care experience to guide him to what the problem is and how to fix it. >> reporter: there is i triage. >> it is a tool we want to show our patients how to use so they can know when and where they need to go. >> reporter: whether it be a pharmacy, primary care physician, where to go started with the patient's problem. >> you could say look up your symptoms. say you're having abdominal pain. you might have
of minutes. -- 68 degrees, gurvir. >>> police are investigating a deadly accident. the driver of a toyota was killed when a van crashed into it in the 3600 block of alabama avenue in southeast. a passenger who is a child is said to be in critical condition. the driver was freed after the collision sparked a small fire. >>> the mystery deepens as police try to figure out what happened inside d.c. principal's home. five days have passed sin the murder of brian betts in his silver spring home. police say the murder likely happened after 11:30 wednesday night and 7:00 in the morning on thursday. >>> flights are beginning to resume out of northern europe this morning. test flights show the concentration of ash in the air is fading. some planes have been taking off from paris, madrid and frankfurt. a new ash cloud spreading from the volcano in iceland is dashing homes of the air space completely reopening over the uk. >>> in sports, the capitals blasted the montreal canadiens 5-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their eastern conference series. >>> hundreds of gun rights activists rallied on both sides of
% of americans thought u.s. cars were best. a massive recall of millions of vehicles by toyota, analysts says it shows a growing respect for ford. its reputation revived because it didn't accept a bailout while making a better more fuel efficient car. gm is designing and building the best cars they've ever produced. rising sales allowed them to repay their loans to the u.s. and canadian government years ahead of schedule. >> people are buying chevrolet. they're buying buick. they're buying gmc. and they're buying cadillac. and they're buying because third party experts agree: our quality, our value, our design, and our performance are rapidly improving. >> this survey was conducted in march when toyota's recall scandal was in the news. then only 15% polled said toyota makes the best car, down from 29% if 2006. brian wilson, fox news. >>> remember cash for clunkers? how about the slightly less catchy cash for appliances. they will use 300 million in federal stimulus funds will give awe rebate if you buy energy efficient appliances. in virginia it starts april 28th, dc hasn't announced yet, and
of speed, crossed over the double yellow line on alabama and hit that toyota sedan that was full of kids, full of children. just a short time ago we learned the driver of that sedan died. he had four children in his car. two adults were inside the van and police officers arrived on the scene very quickly, managed to help get the driver of the van out because the van was leaking fuel and caught fire. wilts help -- witnesses helped too and described the van as driving dangerously fast. >> i was coming down and the traffic was slowing up right here. i looked in my remember view -- rear view mirror and this van was coming. seemed to me he was going a hundred miles an hour. he hit the car right there and that was pretty much everything. >> reporter: again officers arrived on the scene very quickly and here's why. there was a photo enforcement officer right here on the corner clocking people as they came down alabama. the van never made it quite that far. here's one of the concerns neighbors had. you can see this light right here. there's one just a block up. they operate at the same time. gre
't have to pay for the shipping. >>> back state side toyota still operating in damage control mode. shaun shaun back with your fox 5 top five -- shawn yancy back with your fox 5 top five. >> toyota's car trouble could mean a good deal for you. the automaker is extending its incentive deadline through april. look for discounts on eight different models. toyota is also offering zero financing and free maintenance program. >>> number four, what were you doing this morning at 11:33? a new study claims that time of day on a tuesday morning is the most productive time of the week. a british research firm found overall on tuesdays 93% of employees are ready to work but by wednesday that energy starts decreasing. >>> number three, read the directions carefully before you take a prescription pill. aew study found prescription overdoses are now the second leading cause of unintentional injury in the u.s. from 1999 to 2006, the number of people admitted to the hospital for prescription drug poisoning jumped by 65%. >>> number two, great news for fans of ben's chili bowl. you'll now be able to feast
and the protests are headed to our area. we'll explain. >>> more reaction from toyota following the latest setback. we'll have more. ♪ my subaru saved my life. i won't ever forget that. love. it's what makes a subaru a subaru. >>> toyota says engineers are working to correct the stability problem on the 2010 lexus gs 460. because of rollover danger, the magazine consumer reports slapped a do not buy rating on the truck. toyota immediately stopped selling these models in the united states. toyota says it does plan to testing the safety of all of its sport utility models one more time. >>> a 9-11 style terror plot has been uncovered in iraq. u.s. security officials say iraqi forces kept it from happening. they arrested two men who are allegedly part of al-qaeda in iraq. they weren't far in their planning but they did apparently plot to hijack airplanes and target crimes. >>> michelle obama met with her mexican counterpart yesterday. this is bels obama's firefighters solo foreign trip. next month, president obama and the first lady will hold a state dinn
, georgia, phil keating, fox news. >>> toyota is making history but for all the wrong reasons. the record setting fine the government wants them to pay up. >>> set the timer. how long you need to exercise every day to offset a genetic link to obesity. your top five is up next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ nd howling ] [ male announcer ] it balances you... [ war crashing ] [ male announcer ] ...it fills you with energy... and it gives you what you're looking for to live a more natural life, in a convenient two bar pack. this is nature valley... delicious granola bars made with 100% natural ingredients. nare valley. 100% natural, 100% delicious. >>> a whopping $16.4 million. that's the fine the government is slapping on toyota. it's the biggest penalty ever issued by the transportation department against a car company. the reason? toyota took too long to tell the government about the defective gas pedals. dot says toyota new about the recall but didn't issue till january. over to maureen umeh with your fox 5 top five. >>> bri
the purpose was to recover commitment to the effort in haiti. >>> and many toyota customers uneasy and so what is the company doing to ease customers. we'll talking to the general manager of toyota electronics next. >>> and a missing girl was found in florida. we'll have the details coming up. >>> welcome back. another big story we're following this morning, more bad news for toyota. it's upscale lexus suv was hit with a safety rating so bad that consumers are being told not to buy it. consumer reports gave the lexus gx 460 a don't-buy rating. the group says the vehicle's electronic traction control doesn't react fast enough and can't stop the vehicle from rolling over. it's the first time in nine years the group has issued that warning. this is the latest in a string of issues the auto giant is working to fix. the company said it is committed to vehicle quality and safety and trying to rin back customer trust. joining us is general electrical engineer for toyota. and let's talk about the latest thing to crop up. consumer reports telling consumers not to buy this vehicle until they fix it. wha
. the numbers reflect toyota's fading reputation after a massive recall of millions of vehicles. but analysts say it also shows a growing respect for ford. its reputation revived because it did not accept the taxpayer bailout whale make a better, more fuel efficient car. gm says they are designing and producing best cars they've ever produced. rising sales allowed them to repay their loan years ahead of schedule. >> people are buying chevrolet. they are buying buick. they are buying gmc and they are buying cadillac and they are buying because third party experts agree our quality, our value, our design and our performance are rapidly improving. >> this survey was conducted in march when toyota's recall schedule was in the news. then only 15% of those polled said toyota make the best car. that is town from 25% in 2006. in washington, brian wilson, fox news. >>> speaking of money, ben frank lynn get august bit of a make over. we are talking about the benjamins in your wallet. >> the $100 bill is getting a new look. bad news for counterfeiters. we'll show you the changes coming up next. >>> welc
.myfoxdc.com. >>> and following breaking news on a bombshell e-mail from a toyota executive. the "associated press" reports that five days before the massive recall, an executive wrote, quote, we need to come clean. the ap said the e-mail came from herve miller, a company vice president and went on to say, quote, the time to hide on this one is over, and quotes, we're not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet. the report claims that miller wrote the e-mail as toyota officials were on their way to washington to discuss accelerator problems with the federal regulators. >>> friends and family are burying two -- funeral services were held today for boyd. the 18-year-old and three others were shot and killed last week on south capitol street in southeast. the mourners gathered at a funeral home to say their final goodbyes and serves were held for 19-year-old william jones. they gathered at the temple of praise to pay their respects. the 17-year-old nelson was killed on tuesday and jones was also killed. >>> armed officers surrounded three prestigious private schools in the district. they locked down th
into a red toyota camry parked near this intersection. a half an hour later d.c. police say a man in his 40s called 911 from this intersection saying he had been shot. >> i always say they can come with two guns but one of them is going to go with me. [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: he says his wife has been after him to close the shop, but he's been reluctant to give it up. the knock on the head seems nothing to a man who has had four streaks, suffers from diabetes and has heart trouble. he's hoping that fingerprints from the bb gun left behind will help police close the case. in the fox 5 newsroom, i'm paul wagner. >>> the family of a medic killed in a rescue helicopter crash wants $15 million from the federal government. the family says air traffic controllers were negligent because they gave the pilot expired weather information when the chopper crashed in district heights back in december 2008. investigators also found the pilot didn't have enough experience in the type of landing he was trying to perform. >>> did you see it? a ventilation shaft crashing hundreds of feet to the ground on
. febreze. it's a breath of fresh air. h ntis >>> developing story on toyota. the federal government imposed a maximum penalty on toyota, $16 million, the fine is the biggest issued ever against the car company. the transportation department says it took toyota too long to tell the government about defective gas pedals. toyota has two weeks to appeal the fine. >>> the stock market on a five-week roll flirting with the 11000 mark. a far cry from where we were a year ago. what is driving up the dow? looks like a slight enomic rebound. melanie alnwick has more in our minute money. >> some of this was a catch-up reaction to a bit of good news on the job front we had with the labor report. several oer green shoots as they like to call them are also coming up. investors continued the rally moving closer to a psychological bench mark of 11,000. the dow hasn't closed above that mark since september 29, 2008. consumers are feeling more optimistic. home sales are on the rise according to the national association of realtors. february contracts up more
of silence will be held starting at 10:02 this morning. >>> toyota will apparently pay up rather hand fight. an official in the transportation department says toyota is expected to agree to pay a record $16.4 million in fines over those tea detective gas pedals rather than go to court. toyota wait waited four months to tell federal officials about the problem and under a recall. >>> >>> coming up next, which airlines say they will not be charging customers the controversial extra cash to bring your bag on the plane. >>> the pope talks to a group of sex abuse victims in what was said to be an emotional meeting. ♪ spread a little love today ♪ spread a little somethin' to remember ♪ ♪ spread a little joy and see ♪ need a little happiness to be ♪ ♪ living the life with me >>> rescue crews are searching for more than 250 still missing after that 6.9 earthquake in china's remote tibetan region. the president of china toured the area where more than 1700 people were killed and most of the structures collapsed. the chinese president promising victims the communist party and government
trouble for toyota. details on the safety problem in one new lexus model. that is such a risk that consumer reports says don't buy it. i stand before you today... to apologize. the system has failed you. i have failed you. i have failed to help you share your talent with the world when the world needs talent more than ever. yet, it's being wasted every day... by an educational system steeped in tradition and old ideas. well, it's time for a new tradition. it's time to realize talent isn't just in schools like this one, it's everywhere. it's time to use technology to rewrite the rules of education, to learn how you learn so we can teach you better. it's time the university adapted to you, rather than you adapting to it. it's time--time--time for a different--different kind of univsity. it's your time. soy michelle blackman obama made an unannounced visit to earthquake-ravaged haiti yesterday. she and mrs. biden took a helicopter tour of the area. more than 200,000 people were killed in the earthquake back in january. hundreds of thousand are still homeless and haiti is getting
. >>> there is more reaction from toyota following a warning to consumers not to buy one of its popular suvs. coming up next, we'll tell you what the troubled automaker is doing now. a new push to charge one airline from charging you for those carry-ons. you're watching fox 5 morning news. we'll be back after the break.  >>> as toyota's troubles mount, the company says it plans to test the safety of all of its sports utility models. this comes as consumer reports warns the 2010 lexus has possible rollover troubles. toyota hasn't decided yet if it will recall the gs 460 but it has temporarily stopped selling it in north america. >>> there is a new push from capitol hill to ground spirit airlines' plan to make you pay for carry-s on. senators introduceed a bill that would charge the you're line if they charge you. we have a report. >> reporter: many airlines now charge to check baggage but a plan to charge for carry-ons may have gone too far. spirit airlines sparking a spirited debate after its announcement it would charge passengers $45 a pop for every bag stowed in overhead bins. spirit airlines sa
for them yesterday. investigators blame the crash on pilot error. >>> toyota's up scale lexus gx 460 has been given a don't-buy rating by consumer reports. it is said the vehicle traction control cannot stop the vehicle from rolling over. it's the first time in nine years consumer reports has issued that warning. toyota said they conducted similar tests and didn't find that problem and meets or exceeds all of the government federal testing. >>> coming up at 9:00 we'll talk with a representative from toyota and we'll see if they are able to offer insight into the latest issue for the automaker. >>> first lady michelle obama makes a surprise stop off in her first solo international trip. >>> and west virginia governor calling for an independent investigation into the deadly mine explosion. >>> and coming up next, the district looking to raise parking fees and fines to raise much-needed revenue for the city. officials say it's to help encourage good driving but triple-a said it's unfair. lon anderson from triple-a atlantic will join us to explain that view. time now 7:11. it's 45 degrees. 
, crossed over the double yellow line on alabama and hit that toyota sedan that was full of kids. just moments ago, we learned the driver of the sedan has died. we're told he had four children in his car and we're told one of them is in grave condition. two people were inside the van. it was driven by a man. police say officers arrived on the scene quickly, managed to help get the driver of the van out because it was leaking fuel and caught fire. witnesses helped too and described the van as driving dangerously fast. >> lift up in the air and knocked the street light down off the post. and it flipped two times before it hit the ground. i mean, this guy was booking. and i mean he hit this car so hard to throw the van up in the air like that i know he passed me at every bit of a hundred. >> everybody went running to see what was wrong. the car was full of children. all the children were terribly injured. the van came to rest after taking down street signs and stopping right in front of the school. >> reporter: ironically there was a photo enforcement officer parked right here just a bloc
to recover. -- >> the other shooting victim is expected to recover. >>> an anonymous official from toyota says the company is not directly admitting fault but wants to move on. the$16.4million the largest government penalty ever issued. federal investigators say toyota waited for four months to report problems with the gas pedal and issue a recall. >>> an update now on the developing story involving volcanic ash from iceland. experts say now it could reach the canadian coast today. some care lines have safely tested the air over northern europe but meteorologists warn that the ash cloud is still unpredictable and still potentially dangerous. europe other than union officials say about half of the flights scheduled for today should be able to operate. britain's major airports will stay closed through tomorrow morning. that is prompting the british government to announce it will send navy ships across the english chan told pick up some of the thousands of britons stranded by the ash cloud. >> we try to do the best. we saw washington now. we walked all over the places. museum tours, the wash
's the beef. what's in it. what a new report says you could be eating. >>> another big blow for toyota. why the company is telling customers to stop buying one of its best sellers. >>> a miracle in the florida every glades. a girl missing for days is found in a florida swamp. the divine intervention thatmayr discovery. >>> a new investigation into the coal mine explosion in west virginia. >>> another gut punch tonight for toyota. its upscale lexus suv got hit with a safety writing so bad consumers are being told not to buy it. consumer reports gave the lexus gx 460 a don't buy rating. the group saves the vehicle's electronic traction control doesn't react fast enough and cannot stop the vehicle from rolling over. it's the first time in nine years the group has issued such a warning. >> when the vehicle the gx 460 is push to its limits the rear end swings out wide until the vehicle is almost sideways. if this is to happen in a real world situation it could lead to a roll over. >> lexus has stopped selling the vehicle t says engineers conducted similar tests but did not find that problem. it
many blame for causing the financial crisis. >>> and a record fine and toyota agrees to pay up. it's over the faulty gas pedals. an official from toyota said the company isn't admitting fault but wants to move on. the $16.4 million fine is the largest government penalty ever issued. federal investigators say toyota waited four months to issue a recall. >>> we just heard our travel reporter ben mutt gala talk about this. five major airlines promising not to charge dor carry-on bags. it's american, delta, united, and jet blue. all of this stums from a recent announcement from spirit airlines that this company will charge up to $45 per carry-on luggage starting this summer. >> when they took away the meals, the water, even the pillows, we said that's life. when they started charging for checked baggage, we didn't like it, but charging for a carry-on bag is a step over the line because that's part and parcel of flying. >> spirit airlines said it still plans to impose the fee. meantime one airline missing from that we promised not to charge you is continental, which is said to be in mer
block of alabama avenue in southeast. the driver of that toyota was killed after being struck by a speeding van. a child who was riding in that vehicle is said to be in critical condition. of his in the car. witnesses say the van was traveling dangerously fast. >> i was coming down and the traffic was slowing up right here and i looked in my rearview mirror and this van was coming. it seemed like to me he was doing about 100 miles per hour. he pulled on the side of the incoming traffic and he hit the car right there and that was pretty much everything. >> the driver of the van was rescued after the collision sparked a small fire. no word on if any charges will be filed. >>> d.c. police say they think the murder of brian betts is not random and it is likely he had some connection to the killer. the lack of details has left his neighbors in silver spring worried. >> we are taking more precautions now. we are considering getting an alarm system now. pretty nerve wracking. >> the investigation now cents are on two key pieces of evidence, betts' home, his blue suv that was taken th
ask allison. this week i'm getting to the bottom of one viewer's concerns about a toyota recall that effected her firsthand. we'll have that for you next. >>> and here is another look at today's trivia question. which was the only team to have a better win-loss record for the redskins. have to think about this one. the giants, the cowboys, the dolphins or the san francisco 49ers? the answ coming up -- coming up later. >>> charlie wilson from the gap band is here today. know the stain. after an alpaca? i have. it was awesome. ♪ call 1-800-steemer crafted to be exceptionally smooth... decadently rich... delightful... chocolate... bliss. hershey's bliss chocolate. crafted for bliss. ♪ ¿por que no probamos esto? ♪ old el paso. a special blend of seasoning... for especially delicious tacos. feed your fiesta! kids are hungry after school. that's why i always have totino's pizza rolls. big pizza taste. in a bite size roll. kids can't resist their delicious pizza flavor. totino's pizza rolls. the pizza way to snack. what do you guys want to do? both: make rice krispie® treats! s
into a toyota with two children ages 2 and 11 inside. the driver of the toyota was killed. witnesses say the van was going dangerously fast. >> it lift up in the air and knock the the street line down off the post and it flipped two times before it hit the ground. i mean this guy was booking. and i mean he hit this car so hard, to throw the van up in the air like that, i know he was passing me at every bit of 100. >> police helped release the driver of the van. one of the children is in critical condition. no word on whether charges will be filed. >>> police have released a time line leading up to the death of a d.c. middle school principal. investigators say it's likely brian betts was killed sometime after 11:30 last wednesday night. the investigation centers around betts' silver spring home and stolen suv. that was dumbed in southeast d.c. between noon and 3:00 p.m. on friday. witnesses saw two people get out and run away. >> we don't believe that this was a random act. while we can't fully rule out that it might be random, we believe that there was some connection with mr. betts and his kill
against cheating. >>> there are new concerns aboutited to toyota's public image after a questionable e- mail from one top official to another is exposed. he wrote an. mail obtained by the associated press that says, quoted, the time to hide this one is over. the u.s. public relations executive irv miller wrote the note on january 16th, dave days before they announced a massive recall. the obama administration fined toyota $16 million for not alerting government officials quickly enough. no word on whether toyota plans to pay the fine or fight it. >>> whitney houston is in a paris hospital i'm spokesperson for the sing are claims she has an upper respiratory infection. the illness is forcing houston to tea lay her european tour. insiders are already wondering if he will be ready to perform. >>> the ipad not performing so well so far. now, the computer giant is making an admission. >>> the heat will object for one more day before some changes come to our forecast. we are checking the forecast plus your thursday commute all coming up next. you take a look at traffic out on the beltway at
's set to be in merger talks with united. >>> now developments on toyota's troubles. a transportation department official says toyota is expected to agree to a record fine $16.4 million. by tomorrow the automaker must decide whether to accept or contest the penalty. the government imposed it earlier this month claiming toyota knew about faulty gas pedals several months before issuing a recall. >>> a tense battle is brewing on capitol hill over financial reform overhaul bill. many democrats support the measure but republicans say they'll try to block it because they believe it will lead to more bailouts. treasury secretary tim geithner says taxpayers want wall street cleaned up. tens of thousands of businesses fail, worst financial crisis in generations that is a powerful case for reform. >> i think the president's political arm is taking over this debate. it's unfortunate because i like many others want banks to be banks. they don't want them to be casinos or take risky bets on our money. >> president obama says he'll veto the financial reform bill if it does not tackle derivatives. t
, purses and laptops that might fit under your seat. >>> toyota is extending its incentive deal through april. look for lease discounts on eight models including the camry, the corolla and the rav 4. toyota is also offering zero financing and there is a free maintenance program. >>> for fans of ben's chili bowl, can you feast on some of your favorites at the potomac nationals game. they will be serving up half smoked burgers and chili. >>> too much extra weight around the waistline has landed a maryland town back in the news. fox 5's beth parker visited the people of hagerstown to get their take. >> reporter: welcome to hagerstown where the gym is right near the super buffet. is that tempting in. >> no. >> report: that is because 6 #-year-old march union watches what she seats an exercises. her husband got her started and just the other day. >> he said honey you're look good. he said you'll be out here look for another man. i said i don't think so. >> reporter: if shdid look, what would she find? this is the list of the most obese places in the country and they say hagerstown is on the
reach 124. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >> thank you. >>> more trouble for toyota. the automaker is recalling 50,000 suvs. only the 2003 models are affected. toyota says there may be a problem with the electronic stability control system that helps maintain traction when you turn. >>> republicans end their filibuster of the financial reform bill after blocking debate on the financial overhaul bill three times this week. all republicans agreed to move ahead with the biggest reform of wall street since the great depression. democrats still need 60 votes to overcome other procedures in the senate. they will need at least one republican to do that. >>> using wind to go green in massachusetts. the obama administering has given the green light to the nation's first offshore wind farm off the coast of cape cod that. project will bring green jobs and renewable energy to the air. >> i am convinced that there is a path we can take forward that both honors our responsibility to protect the historic and cultural resources of nantucket sound and at the same time meets the need
.  >>> welcome back. there is more bad news for toyota. its upscale lexus suv was hit with a safety rating so bat that consumers being told not to buy it. it was given a don't buy rating from consumer reports. this is the first time in nine years the group has issued that warning. lexus has stopped selling the vehicle t says engineers conducted similar tests and didn't find that problem. it also says the lexus gs 460 meets or exceeds all of the federal government's testing. stay with us. in our 9:00 hour, a representative from toyota will join us live hoping to give us more insight into the latest development. we'll ask her about it. >>> president barack obama will travel to poland today this weekend to attend the state funeral for the polish president. the president and his wife died in a plane crash on saturday along with 94 other people. the victims included 18 lawmakers. yesterday, dignitaries attended a mass to honor those who died. >>> first lady michelle obama made an unannounced visit to earthquake ravaged haiti. she and jill biden took a helicopter tour of the area of port-au-prince. the
. >>> making headlines in the 7:00 hour now, toyota says nears are working -- engineers are working to correct the stability problems on the lexus gx 460. the magazine consumer reports slapped a do not buy rating on this truck. detroit immediately stopped selling the models in the u.s. and has not decided if it will conduct a recall yet. toyota said it does plan on testing the safety of all of the sport utility models again. >>> today president obama is expected to announce details of his long-term plans for nasa. instead of flying new rockets to the moon, the president wants to rely on private companies to fly into space over the next few years while developing a big new government rocket. it includes greater investment in innovation and more missions of. but several former astronauts, including neil armstrong do not approve. buzz aldrin, however, does approve of the president's new plan. >>> signs this morning of another big story in washington. they are getting ready for a big party down at freedom plaza. a tea party with a strong message for the government on this tax day. the nation's cap
behind with the u.s. geological survey. >>> toyota getting ready to leave a p.r. nightmare in the rearview mirror and today they will decide if they will fight over the faulty gas pedals or pay the $16.4 million fine. the company is ready to write the check. toyota has had evidence about sticky gas pedals but waited four months to issue the recall. >>> the fed picking up the pace in a criminal investigation of former mortgage giant countrywide financial corporation and its role in the meltdown of the housing industry. the paper did not offer details on what charges could emerge. a grand jury began hearing testimony last year. >>> the president planning to take his pitch for financial reform on the road. a white house spokeswoman announced the president will travel to different parts of the country lobbying for new rules for wall street. no word on where he plans to visit or when he will head out but the hope is getting the public on his side could help put the pressure on republicans who oppose the bill. they say it creates more problems than it solves. >>> pope benedict xv
toyota grow. >> reporter: it takes more than just rising roadsides. >> we're reversing a downward trend inside the beltway. >> reporter: it's bringing in a new way of thinking along with a new difficulting. >> with the new art building they expect to add 5,000 residents without adding to the environmental burden. you can see the rest of the cool cities on our website, myfoxdc.com. >> thanks, mel. >>> it is 7:48 right now. 53 degrees out there. singing, dancing, talking plants. recognize that? little shop of horrors has it all. >> holly is at ford theater this morning. >> reporter: they don't necessarily going together. receipt re, humor, sci-fi and horror and why else wouldn't you burst into song. it is the little shop of horrors and it is at the historic ford theateare getting action. two puppeteers will show us why you need to see this version of the show and you need to see it here. it's all next on fox 5 morning news. stay with us.  >>> if you are not familiar with little shop of horrors, it got it's start as a cult comedy from back in the '60s and it was made into
incentives. toyota kicked it off at the beginning of the month and everyone else was forced to follow along. so yes, if you throw money a problem you can certainly make good things happen. >> analysts say they expect improved access to credit and leasing will boost sales throughout the year. >>> up next a new push to keep your kids safe from sex offenders from school. >>> former chief of staff for a d.c. councilman faces bribery charges. tonight he's in more trouble. we'll tell you why next. >>> sue, another spring day. >> dulles almost hit 8 degrees. i think a lot of places will touch 80. wooef we'll have a close look at the weekend. >>> a quick look at the rundown. a few of the stories we're working on. we'll be back. hang tight. >>> this is fox 5 "news edge at 11:00. $q?????????????? >>> d.c. councilman jim graham's chief of staff is hitting with new charges tonight. ted loza was charged with taking bribes from cab companies. they are adding extortion, making false statements and conspiracy. they say he took trips and gifts in exchange for legislative favors for cab compa
coming traffic on alabama avenue and collide with a toyota camry, killing its driver. now he is charged with involuntary manslaughter. witnesses say the van came up from behind going fast when he crossed the center line. it hit the camry so hard the car flew into the air, took out the traffic signals, flipped over several times before landing on the ground. the car was crushed trapping 37- year-old marry elizabeth winbush inside. the van caught fire. witnesses ran to the car pulling three children out. police say fourth child was thrown from the camry, all four had critical head injuries. medics tried to save winbush but she went into cardiac arrest and died. today police charged the van's driver. 34-year-old gene jones with involuntary manslaughter for a crash witnesses described as horrific. >> i looked in my rear view mirror and this van was coming in. it seemed like 170 miles per hour. he pulled on the side of the incoming traffic and he hit the car right there and that was pretty much everything. >> now jones and a passenger were pulled from a van but are expected to be okay. cour
when you need it most. benadryl®. you can't pause life. >>> another blow to toyota's reputation. one of the s.u.v. got a don't buy warning from "consumer reports." during routine handling tests they found a problem that could lead to a rollover accident. when the s.u.v. made sharp unusual turns the back of the vehicle slid until it was nearly sideways. >> eventually the electronic stable control gains control but it swings out too far to create -- it creates a safety risk that could lead to a rollover in a real world situation. >> this is the first don't buy warning "consumer reports" has handed out in nine years. >>> the fee frustration over carry-on bags is moving two senators to do more than complain. you probably heard about spirit airline to charge for carry ons. karen gray houston looks at efforts to stop the extra charges. >> reporter: aren't you already furious that some airlines are charging you to check your bag? two u.s. senators, one from our area are trying to block the airlines from taking that to the next level. remember the good old days when air travel was actually f
. they were last seen getting in a red toyota camry near metropolitan avenue and st. paul street. a witness said one of the men had blood on his jacket. they faced off against the clerk earlier today and when they came in to the shop, they were armed with a bb gun but they didn't know that the shopkeeper was armed with two guns. >> the man who owns this store has been selling jewelry and antiques for over 30 years. in that time span, his brother says the shop has been robbed more than once. so, under the counter his brother keeps a derringer and .32 caliber revolver. when the two men entered the store around 2:00 p.m., the shopkeeper called his wife. the men made her nervous. suddenly the men announced a robbery and started beating the shopkeeper with a bb gun. we talked to his brother after the shooting. >> he has got a gun. >> reporter: would it have been like him to go after the guys and shoot them. >> apparently he chased them. but he's not fit to runny more, all right. he has so many stroke, pacemaker, you name it, he has got it. >> he's a feasty old guy. he is armed. he's jewelry shop
decree he called a major omission. >>> new information about the discussion among toyota's higher-ups before the company went public with problems about its accelerator pedal. we are back with more after this. alright kid, let's get ready for this morning's quiz. christopher columbus sailed the ocean blue... in 14 hundred and 92. nice! follow me, the missouri river is this way! lewis and clark expedition of 1804. oh, he'll never get this. magellan, 1520. awww, my 8 layers must've given it away. help keep your kid full and foced with 8 filling layers... of whole grain fiber found in kellogg's® frosted mini-wheats® cereal. this is one giant leap for mini-kind™. keeps 'em full. keeps 'em focused. hoo hooo! >>> the taliban has released a video of an american soldier captured in afghanistan. it shows the 4-year-old doing exercises to demonstrate that he is in good physical condition. the date of the footage is not known. >>> toyota is being called into question once again, this time for a message sent from one executive to another. in an e-mail obtained by the associated press, the
. >>> toyota says it has not been note nid yet but it knows the u.s. government is proposing a record $16.4 million fine for failing to alert regulators about safety problems. the government is accusing toyota of hiding a dangerous defect, the sticking gas pedal. >>> you take the beautiful weather and the big crowds in the tidal basin and that meant great news fr metro. >> coming up n, some record- setting numbers that could have far-reaching effects. >>> also in a couple of moments, the latest on today's hot weather forecast and julie wright wi be along with an update on the traffic. we'll have that and more in just a few moments. >>> the newest redskin, donovan mcnabb, going to be introduced to the d.c. media in just a couple of hours. this is video of him leaving dulles yesterday giving a wave to the folk. a news conference set for noon today and we'll have that live for you here on fox 5. >> didn't i read somewhere he will keep his number. >> he will keep number 5. i can't and colt brennan will switch to a different number. >> 15. >> all right. >> very good. >> something exciting. >>
trouble for toyota. the company is now recalling 600,000 sienna minivans. rust from road salt could cause the carrier cable that holds the spare tire to rust and break allowing that tire to tumble into the road which could threaten the safety of other drivers. it affects all vans sold it 1998 and this year. owners should expect to get a letter telling them to bring their car in for inspection. toyota is still working on a fix. >>> a travel alert for anyone going near a metro station this weekend. it's going to be slow going. there will be sick gal tracking at red, blue -- single tracking on the red, blue, orpg and green lines -- orange and green lines. you can expect to wait up to 40 minutes for a train. both the capitals and nationals are in action this weekend and many fans as you know rely on the rails. >> this is a routine maintenance that was scheduled in february but due to the snow had to be delayed. so there will be 40-minute delays on the lines and we ask that customers please make their travel plans accordingly. >> we have a list of all the stations affected on our website right
that straight ahead.  >>> first toyota got hit with a record fine on monday. today another civil penalty could be in the works. the transportation department is now telling the automaker that the gas pedals have two different problems and could require two separate solutions to fix. toyota is already facing a $16 million fine for waiting too long to tell the government about those defective gas pedals. >>> a foreclosure fiasco for a georgia couple even though they're not behind on payments. a man legally bought their home at auction and then showed up with the papers. >> reporter: two days ago randy felt like the rug had been pulled out from under her. she found out her house had been sold and it wasn't even on the partial. >> on tuesday my husband was outside working on his truck. a guy came over to him and i think shook his hand and said hi, i just bought this house. so he's thinking to himself, yeah, right, you're joking. they rang the doorbell. i was on the phone. he rings the doorbell and my husband says to me, this guy is the new owner of this house. >> report
in the 17th month in the past 18. toyota has been under fire since initiating a recall and they use the inntives to sell over 180,000 vehicles in march. that is an increase of almost 41%. are americans getting over their fears about toyota quality control? the numbers indicate as much. chrysler, on the other hand, they are being left behind. year over year sales are down 8%. but up 10% from february's numbers. things are going so well in the ought motive business even chrysler fans can find something to cheer about. we're watching your money fox business. in new york, i'm chris cotter. >>> we still have plenty ahead on fox 5 morning news. >> reporter: students at howard university were hit in a string of robberies across this part of the city. we'll tell you how the suspect may have gotten in what should have been a locked building. carol loves to rescue dogs, and spends a lot of her time and money doing that. [ carol ] they're all rescues, yeah. thank you. thank you. so i decided to make my home their home. it just makes it a little harder to se for myself. we showed her how wachov
auto sales numbers which are due out later today. toyota is saying it is coming around. any predicts on that? >> yeah, in fact, they were on the fox business network yesterday from the new york auto show and talking up about 40% gains. that is what analysts are expecting. they did use record high incentives. toyota usually known for not using incentives to lure customers back into the show rooms after the recalls with the sticky and faulty accelerator pedals. also, ford looking for a big month. better than 50% gain versus a year ago. general motors looking for a pick-up. chrysler still struggling. analysts are looking for a drop of about 7% compared to the march sales of 2009. >> we'll look for those numbers later and we'll chat again tomorrow. >>> arrests are made in one of the most violent crimes on the streets of d.c. in years. sarah similar monday is live in southeast with our big story. >> families are frustrated, angry and sad after four people are shot and killed on a street crner. coming up what authorities say sparked it all wh
lane. >>> we have yet another consumer alert involving toyota. there is a warning about its upscale lexus suv. consumer reports gave the electric us gs 460 a safety rating so bad that consumers are being told not to buy. it the group says the vehicle's electronic traction control doesn't react quickly enough and can't stop the vehicle from rolling over. this is the first time in nine years the group has issued that warning. electric us has stopped selling the vehicle but it does insist the gs 460 meets or exceeds awful federal government's testing. coming up later in the 9:00 hour, stay tuned because we'll have a representative from toyota joining us live. we'll be ask her about this late development. >>> and we all have a consumer alert about the beef you eat. the usda says that beef could be filled with pest advisory, vet theiry drugs and heavy metals. cattle producers already screen for bacteria con tam nafnts like e. coli and salmonella and they could soon be testing for chemicals as well. the epa and fda have to set up acceptable levels. -- they already screen for bacteria cont
will connect you with the maryland attorney general's office. >>> there is more trouble for toyota tonight. the automaker is recalling 50,000 sacoya suvs. only the 2003 models are affected. toyota says there may be a problem with the electronic stability control system. it helps maintain tax when you turn. in some cases the stability control could activate at low speeds and prevent the suv from accelerating as quickly as you might expect. >>> metro trains are back up to speed after a day of delays. a track maintenance car delayed twice on the blue and yellow lines. it has regular tires and special wheels so it can run on the tracks. the first derailment caused some minor damage forcing trains to single track between reagan national and crystal city. it derailed a second time heading back to the rail yard. >>> to capitol hill and the fight for financial reform. republicans say they are finally ready to allow the legislation to be debated in the senate. earlier today the g.o.p. blocked a vote to bring the bill to the floor. but at the end of the day they said behind-the-scenes talks have gon
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